Dr. Lundin joined Professor Mark Shiflett’s research group as a Research Associate in January 2021. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2003 during which time he worked at the Center for Applied Energy Research designing and building the control system and data acquisition system for an iron catalyst-based Fisher-Tropsch pilot plant. In 2009 he earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Notre Dame. For his doctorate, he modeled bubble coalescence in the multi-phase flows present in direct methanol fuel cells. He then joined the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysts at the University of Kansas, where he led projects ranging from a collaboration with Archer Daniels Midland Co. to investigate the use of liquid CO2 as a medium for the ozonolysis of fatty acid methyl esters to an effort with W.R. Grace & Co. investigating the modification of microporous catalysts for enhancing the yields and directing selectivity in the synthesis of pyridines using a fluidized bed reactor. Dr. Lundin is currently working on an industry funded project to design an ionic liquid-based gas absorption system.
Berlyn Mellein joined Professor Mark Shiflett’s research group as a Research Associate in January 2020. Dr. Mellein received her B.S. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2003 and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Notre Dame in 2008. For her doctorate, she studied the anti-solvent ability and solvatochromatic effects of CO2 in ionic liquid/organic mixtures. She then joined DuPont, where she contributed to programs ranging from increasing production capacity by studying fundamental properties of polymer fibers to studying oxalate chemistry for TiO2 and Fe2O3 production. Dr. Mellein is currently working in collaboration with ExxonMobil to better understand thermophysical properties and vapor liquid equilibria of hydrocarbons in aqueous salt solutions.
Dr. Rajkumar Kore has been working as a Senior Researcher with Dr. Mark Shiflett’s research group since May 2018. His current research interests are design ionic liquids (IL) for catalysis, separation, materials development, etc. Prior to joining Dr. Shiflett’s group, Dr. Kore worked as a postdoctoral research scientist with Prof. Robin D. Rogers’ group at The University of Alabama from November 2014 to April 2018. There, he worked on multiple IL-based projects, led a team of research postdocs on an industrially sponsored project (from Reliance Industries) and developed several homogeneous and heterogeneous ILs used for catalysis and separation processes. Dr. Kore completed his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar with Prof. Rajendra Srivastava, from 2010 to 2014. His doctoral study was primarily focused on the development of ILs as well as porous materials like hierarchical zeolites for catalysis. Prior to his Ph.D., he worked as a research assistant on development of a continuous process for biodiesel in the Indo-US project in NCL Pune from 2009 to 2010. He has 34 research articles (with 708 citations), 4 US patents granted and filed 3, 15 notice of invention submitted on new catalysts, and multiple other works under review.
Dr. Leila Fereidooni joined Professor Mark Shiflett’s research group in December 2022 as a Postdoctoral Researcher. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Tehran in 2009, and Master of Science and Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry from Tehran Azad University in 2012 and 2017 respectively. Her scientific interests are in waste management, biomaterials, biodiesel, and energy conversion.
During her Ph.D. she used electrochemistry as a new method for biodiesel production of biodegradable biofuel. She focused on studying the opportunities, available edible and non-edible raw materials, waste oil reusability, and enhancing the sustainability features of energy and materials production systems to produce valuable products. In her study, environmental chemistry is inextricably linked to renewable energy, which falls within the broad field of biomaterials.
Hossein Abedsoltan joined Professor Mark Shiflett’s research group as a Postdoctoral Researcher in October 2022. Dr. Abedsoltan received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2013, and his Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 2017. During his Master studies, Dr. Abedsoltan was working on introducing a practical technique for an in-depth study of the wetting process on fibrous materials, specifically paper towels. After that, Dr. Abedsoltan pursued his Ph.D. studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toledo, graduated in 2022. His Ph.D. projects had focus on developing catalysts with increased surface affinity for chemical recycling of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), the main constituent of water bottles. His Ph.D. studies introduced catalysts that were more active than the conventional acid or base catalysts reported for chemical recycling of PET. Currently, Dr. Abedsoltan is working in collaboration with the Chemours Company to study on vapor liquid equilibrium systems including refrigerants, ionic liquids, and polymers.
Arishi received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Jazan University, Saudi Arabia, then he received a master of science in chemical engineering from Drexel University, USA. Currently, Arishi is pursuing a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at KU under the supervision of Professor Shiflett. Arishi is currently working on refrigerants separation using ionic liquids.
CJ earned his Bachelor’s degree (2016) and Master’s degree (2021) in Chemical Engineering (minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship) from Villanova University. He ran the Thermodynamics Laboratory at the Chemours Company (2017-2021) measuring VLE and thermophysical properties of Fluorocarbon mixtures. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Kansas as a member of the Shiflett research group. His research is focused on the adsorption of PFAS using Zeolites.
Karim obtained his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Florida in May of 2020. In the summer of 2019, Karim worked under the mentorship of Professor Aaron Scurto as an REU student at KU. His work focused on analyzing thermal properties of refrigerants and ionic liquid mixtures. In August of 2020, Karim rejoined KU to pursue a PhD in Chemical Engineering under the direction of Professor Aaron Scurto. His current work focuses on transport properties of refrigerants and ionic liquid systems.
Abby graduated summa cum laude from Bethel College in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and Mathematics. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Kansas in the Shiflett Research Group. Abby is a member of Project EARTH, a project focused on identifying sustainable processes for the selective separation of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant mixtures. Her research is centered on using membranes for the separation of HFC mixtures that contribute to global warming.
Kalin Baca received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Bioengineering in May of 2018, Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in December 2019 and Master of Business Administration in December 2019 from the University of New Mexico. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Kansas as a student in the Shiflett Research Group. Her research is focused on the separation of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) using ionic liquids.
Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Baylor University in 2019. He is currently working toward earning a M.S in Chemical Engineering and later plans to pursue a PhD while at KU. His initial research focuses on the development of zeolites and other porous media for the selective separation of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a career in industry.
David R. Corbin, Ph.D.
Dr. Corbin is an adjunct senior research scientist with 32 years of industrial research experience. He has issued 62 US patents and has published more than 130 publications, in addition to co-editing two books on porous materials. His research interests include applications of inorganic materials to industrial problems, zeolites, separations, and metal oxides.
Kenneth Leffew, Ph.D.
Dr. Leffew is an adjunct professor at Villanova University. He retired from DuPont in 2016, where he held the highest technical position in the company, DuPont Fellow. In his 41 year career there, he was involved in the discovery, development and commercialization of numerous polymer processes and products, including Neoprene, PET for bottle resin, PMMA, Ethylene copolymers, polymers for optical disks, color copier toner, OLED devices, flexible solar cells and methanol fuel cells. He received DuPont’s Engineering Excellence Award four times and is inventor on 29 US Patents and has over 60 publications and presentations. His interests include polymerization reactor design, polymer process synthesis and processing, advanced process control and product design.
Undergraduate Student RESEARCHERS
Hannah Uhl is a junior (class of 2024) from Sheldon, Iowa studying chemical engineering with a material science emphasis. Hannah is the Public Relations Chair for the Society of Women Engineers, a KU Engineering Ambassador, and a part of the Chi Omega Sorority. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends, spend time outdoors, and visit her family.
Annmaria was born in India and raised in Topeka, KS. She is in the class of 2025 at KU majoring in chemical engineering with a biomedical emphasis. She is a member of Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) and the South Asian Student Association (SASA). Outside of KU, she is a part of the Pranavam Dance School in Topeka where she practices Bharatanatyam, a form of Indian classical dance. In her free time, Annmaria likes to work out, listen to music, and spend time with friends.
Brock is in the class of 2025 at the University of Kansas studying Chemical Engineering with a focus on biomedical engineering. In Dr. Shiflett’s lab, they work on Project Earth. They are also on the debate team, student senate, and Dole Institute of Politics Student Advisory Board. In their free time, they enjoy playing video games, running, and reading.
Rebecca is in the class of 2025 studying chemical engineering with an environmental emphasis. Rebecca is the Fundraising Chair for the South Asian Student Association and involved in SASE, the University Honors Program, and the Vann Scholars program. In her free time, she enjoys taking photographs, Bollywood dancing, and spending time outdoors.
Sarah is from St. Louis, Missouri and is in the class of 2025 at KU. She is majoring in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering. Sarah is a member of the University Honors Program and Society of Women Engineers. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.
NOAH valverde firstname.lastname@example.org
Noah Valverde is in the class of 2025 at the University of Kansas pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering with an environmental emphasis. He is currently working with graduate student Andrew Yancey on searching for a zeolite capable of separating azeotropic HFC refrigerant mixtures in Dr. Shiflett’s lab. Noah is involved in Engineering Student Council and Theta Tau, a professional engineering fraternity on campus.
Nasrin Shahlari email@example.com
Nasrin is in the class of 2023 at KU studying chemical engineering in Dr. Shiflett’s lab and is working Project Discover. Nasrin is a member of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the University Honors Program, and Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In her free time, she enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, and baking!
clarice sabolay firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire is in the class of 2024 studying chemical engineering with a biomedical emphasis. In Dr. Shiflett’s lab, she is working with graduate student CJ Ponge on the adsorption of PFAS using zeolites. Outside of research, Claire is involved in Engineers without Borders and Society of Women Engineers. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing, and watching movies.
Abigail Haas email@example.com
Abi is in the class of 2023 studying chemical engineering with an environmental emphasis. In Dr. Shiflett’s lab, she works with graduate student Karim Al-Barghouti on analyzing thermal properties of refrigerants and ionic liquid mixtures. Abi is an active member of Alpha Sigma Kappa- Women in technical studies. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, chess, and traveling.
Maxim Cordry firstname.lastname@example.org
Max is in the class of 2024 studying chemical engineering with a materials emphasis. He has an interest in pursuing ways to extract perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from drinking water using zeolites in Dr. Shiflett’s lab. Outside of research, Max is Treasurer of the KU Chess Club. He enjoys playing video games, adding to his collections, watching movies, and listening to music.
Abbey is in the class of 2025 at KU studying chemical engineering. In Dr. Shiflett’s lab, she will be a part of Project EARTH with graduate student Andrew Yancey studying the separation of hydrofluorocarbons using zeolites. Abbey is a member of the University Honors Program and Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and playing volleyball.
Tessie May email@example.com
Tessie is an honors student in the class of 2024 studying chemical engineering. In Dr. Shiflett’s lab, she will be working as a part of Project EARTH. Tessie also serves as the Director of Administration for Delta Delta Delta as well as the Registration Chair for the University of Kansas Engineering Expo under Engineering Student Council. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, exploring Lawrence, and being outdoors.
Luke is a junior from St. Paul, MN studying mechanical engineering. He is working with graduate student Abby Harders on Project EARTH, developing membranes for the separation of hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant mixtures. Luke is a member of the KU branch of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In his free time, he marches as part of the Marching Jayhawks and enjoys scientific YouTube videos and documentaries.
Dorothy Haggard is in the class of 2024 at the University of Kansas with a major in chemical engineering with a pre-med emphasis and a minor in Spanish. She is working with graduate student Kalin Baca on the use of ionic liquids in separating hydrofluorocarbons as a part of project EARTH. Dorothy is a KU global scholar, Social Chair for Society of Women Engineers, plans to graduate with honors qualifications, and serves as a KU engineering student senator during the 2021-2022 school year.
Tiana Bish is in the class of 2024 studying chemical engineering with a biomedical engineering minor at the University of Kansas. She works with graduate student Andrew Yancey on developing zeolites for the separation of hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant mixtures in Dr. Shiflett’s lab. Tiana is involved in the Society for Biomaterials and is a part of the University Honors Program.
Daniel is currently a sophomore pursuing a degree in chemical engineering with a biomedical emphasis and a minor in math at KU. He is working with Dr. Ana Morais and Dr. Shiflett on Project Shell which is converting waste biomass into reusable materials and chemicals. Daniel is involved with AIChE and is part of the University Honors Program. In his free time, he enjoys reading and working out
Piersen Adamson is from Omaha, NE majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in business in the class of 2024. He is working with Dr. Ana Morais and Dr. Shiflett on Project Shell, which is developing technology for conversion of biomass into new materials and chemicals. He is a member of the Society for Biomaterials and also the alumni relations chair of my fraternity. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and working out at the gym.
Jackson is a junior studying Chemical Engineering with a pre-medicine emphasis. Jackson is working with Dr. Ana Morais and Dr. Shiflett on Project Shell, which aims to convert waste biomass into reusable materials and chemicals. In his free time, Jackson mentors a local FIRST robotics team, is involved with intramural sports, and enjoys travelling.
Elizabeth is in the class of 2024 studying chemical engineering with a biomedical emphasis. In Dr. Shiflett’s lab, she will be researching cold chain independent vaccines using inorganic vehicles. Outside of research, Elizabeth is involved in the KUEST One Scholars Program, Vann Scholars Program, and the University Honors Program. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, sewing, and taking care of her plants.
Aria is in the class of 2024 studying chemical engineering. She is working with Dr. Ana Morais and Dr. Shiflett on Project Shell, which is focused on conversion of biomass into new materials and chemicals. In her spare time Aria enjoys running, watching movies, and reading. Aria is a member of the KU Running Club and Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
Madelyn is in the class of 2023 studying chemical engineering with an environmental emphasis. In Dr. Shiflett’s lab, she works on the ionic liquid approach on Project Earth. Madelyn is an iHAWKe ambassador. She is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers and KU Solar Car. In her free time, she enjoys sewing, jewelry making, and dancing.
Alexander is in the class of 2023 at KU pursuing a degree in chemical engineering with a minor in business. In Dr. Shiflett’s lab he will be working on metal separations from mixed metal oxides. Alexander is also a member of Engineers Without Borders. In his free time he enjoys hiking, fishing, and playing guitar.
Lucia is currently a sophmore studying chemical engineering with an environmental concentration. She will be working in the ionic liquid portion of Project EARTH, which focuses on the separation of hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants that have a high global warming potential. Lucia is part of the University Honors Program and a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). In her free time she enjoys reading, swimming, and watching movies.